While Taiwan is known around the world for having some of the best street food and bustling night markets, Taipei city is bubbling with a yummy variety of food from all around the world. Foreign food restaurants are known by locals as more expensive than Taiwanese food but that isn’t always the case. Here are five extremely delicious and surprisingly affordable foreign foods that we love to eat!
In this article we'll taste
Chinita's Cubano - NT$ 120
Falafel King's Falafel Pita - NT$ 105
Taipei Souvlaki's Chicken Souvlaki Pita - NT$ 80
Tandoori's Chicken Wrap - NT$ 120
to go NOMAD's Mole Burrito - NT$ 140
Dish: Original Cubano
Price: NT$ 120
Why we love it: Slow roasted garlicky pork and melty cheese are balanced perfectly with tangy mustard, salty ham and homemade pickles in this classic Miami-Cuba pressed sandwich. Owner Yi-Ping "Chinita" fell in love with the Cubano during her time in Florida and had a dream to recreate the sandwich back home in Taipei. She has since returned to Florida to perfect her recipe by eating as many sandwiches as possible and even working in restaurants. To say that Yi-Ping is a sandwich fanatic is an understatement, and it comes through in her food. Try the Cubano (or one of the ever-changing monthly specials) with a cold beer, and enjoy Yi-Ping's bubbly personality - you will definitely want to come back.
Closest MRT: in between Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT and Nanjing Fuxing MRT
Chinita's on Google Maps
Dish: Falafel Pita
Price: NT$ 105
Why we love it: Falafel has been enjoyed by humans since the dawn of civilization, and after trying it, you’ll understand why it has this kind of lasting power. This flavor packed fried ball of garbanzo beans is perfectly seasoned and complemented with fresh cut vegetables, tahini and amba (a curried mango) sauce. The pita is fluffy and has a satisfying texture. The recipe comes from years of research by Saar, Falafel King’s Israeli owner who is committed to excellence and authentic cuisine. This is a great place for vegetarians to bring their meat eating friends, just tell them the falafels are meatballs!
Closest MRT: Taipower Building MRT
Falafel King on Google Maps
Dish: Chicken Souvlaki Pita
Price: NT$ 80
Why we love it: The munchie factor for this Greek pita stuffed with French fries is VERY HIGH. The tzatziki sauce is fresh and homemade by the lao ban, Sam, who taught himself how to make Greek food using the world’s leading educator, Youtube! The result is a giant pita overflowing with sauce, fries, fresh veggies and marinated proteins that will leave you craving more, and with a price low enough to make eating two all too plausible. We love the walk to and from the shop in one of Taipei’s coolest neighborhoods. Start your next Friday night out like they do on the Mediterranean!
Closest MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT
Taipei Souvlaki on Google Maps
Dish: Tandoori Chicken Wrap
Price: NT$ 120
Why we love it: You can smell the chicken grilling from a block away! This very straight forward, forearm sized, grilled tandoori wrap first spends hours marinating in a bright red concoction of spices that pops on both pictures and taste buds alike. The recipe comes straight from the brain of Musahir, who spent a lot of time sourcing ingredients that remind him of the food he grew up eating in Pakistan. The pita is made fresh to order on a smoking-hot inverted wok, right before your very eyes. Despite the long line you usually see outside the shop, his business comes all from word of mouth because he is nowhere to be found online. Make sure you pull up on the weekend if you want to try the specialty tandoori chicken dish, but fret not if you go on a weekday - his regular wraps are all insanely flavorful and start as low as NT$ 80.
Closest MRT: Taipower Building MRT
Roughly where Tandoori is, on Google Maps Link
Dish: Chicken Mole Burrito
Price: NT$ 140
Why we love it: Let's face it, we have a lot of Mexican restaurants in Taipei making burritos that all too often come up short. Emerald, the owner of to go NOMAD, takes her time to get everything tasting just right. She even went as far as working with local farmers to grow chili peppers, which previously couldn't be sourced in Taiwan, to recreate the flavors she found while living in Mexico. The jasmine rice is always perfect. The beans are given proper attention and taste just like they do south of the border (trust me, I’ve been). NOMAD has die-hard regulars who will tell you this isn't just the best burrito in Taiwan, it's the best in the world. It's hard to choose which flavor is best but I am highlighting the Chicken Mole because of the rich and unique flavor. Good luck avoiding a burrito addiction after you take even just one bite!
Closest MRT: Liuzhangli MRT
to go NOMAD on Google Maps
We can't hop on a plane these days... but we can still travel the world with our tastebuds. These are our top 5 foreign foods under NT$ 150. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know on our IG @skrtscootersharing and we'll check it out!
Elliot is a staff writer at SKRT and a sharing economy evangelist. Originally hailing from Puerto Rico, he now resides in Taiwan, where he is known to find the best food, DJ at the sickest parties, and discover hidden treats around the island.